Today's Verse: Malachi 2:16

Monday, February 16, 2004

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"I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel, ... "So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith."
— Malachi 2:16

Thoughts on Today's Verse...

For some, hearing the mere mention of this verse wrecks their soul because of what they have endured from an abusive spouse. God hates the pain, damage, loss, sorrow, and physical damage that lies behind many who must leave their marriage for spiritual and physical protection. In a throw-away world, God wants us to know that he hates it when we throw away people unnecessarily and break lives through our unrighteousness behaviors. Let's call each other to God's standard, to God's holiness. Let's not let our spirits be corrupted by selfishness and resentment. Let's not break faith with God by treating those closest to us with contempt, neglect, or abuse. And in a world where people get broken by what causes divorce, and the consequences of divorce, let's go find them, include them, and bring them home to God's family for healing.

My Prayer...

Almighty God, please make our words strong, our commitments lasting, and our lives faithful to the promises we make to you and to each other. Bless those whose hearts have been shattered by spouses who have treated them unfairly or abusively or unfaithfully. Thank you for the great example of so many of your people who have had incredibly strong marriages. Bless me and my house with a legacy of faithfulness that lasts for generations to come. In addition, dear Father, please use me to comfort, bless, and welcome those who have been broken and disheartened in marriages that were hurtful, harmful, and life-shattering. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Illustration of Malachi 2:16 — "I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel, ... "So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith."

About This Devotional

Today's Verse is a free daily devotional that includes a Bible verse, thought and prayer.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware.

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.